1st Edition

Conscious and Unconscious Mentality Examining their Nature, Similarities, and Differences

Edited By Juraj Hvorecký, Tomáš Marvan, Michal Polák Copyright 2024
    348 Pages 20 Color & 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    348 Pages 20 Color & 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    348 Pages 20 Color & 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In this collection of essays, experts in the field of consciousness research shed light on the intricate relationship between conscious and unconscious states of mind.

    Advancing the debate on consciousness research, this book puts centre stage the topic of commonalities and differences between conscious and unconscious contents of the mind. The collection of cutting-edge chapters offers a breadth of research perspectives, with some arguing that unconscious states have been unjustly overlooked and deserve recognition for their richness and wide scope. Others contend that significant differences between conscious and unconscious states persist, highlighting the importance of their distinct characteristics. Explorations into the nature of the transition from unconscious to conscious mind further complicate the picture, with some authors questioning whether a sharp divide between unconscious and conscious states truly exists.

    Delving into ontological, epistemological, and methodological issues, this thought-provoking text challenges established paradigms and paves the way for a reimagining of consciousness research. It does so in an understandable and accessible way, making this a perfect companion for both experts and students of philosophy, psychology, and related fields.

    Chapters 2, 4, 9, 10, 14 and 16 of this book are freely available as downloadable Open Access PDFs at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

    1 Introduction: Mapping the contrasts and parallels between the conscious and unconscious mind

    Juraj Hvorecký, Tomáš Marvan, and Michal Polák

    PART I

    Conceptual issues

    2 Conscious and unconscious qualities: Conceptualrelations between phenomenality, what-it’s-likeness, and consciousness

    Michal Polák

    3 Blindsight is unconscious perception

    Berit Brogaard and Dimitria Electra Gatzia

    4 Against unconscious volition

    Tim Bayne

    5 On the alleged misrepresentation problem (Not a problem for HOT theories. Not a problem for anyone, really.)

    Brice Bantegnie

    Methodological issues

    6 Methodological considerations for the study of mental qualities

    David Rosenthal

    7 Can structuralist theories be general theories of consciousness?

    Sascha Benjamin Fink and Lukas Kob

    8 The old and new criterion problems

    Matthias Michel


    Unconscious qualities in perception and emotion

    9 The brain- based argument for unconscious sensory qualities

    Tomáš Marvan

    10 Troubles with the orthogonality thesis

    Juraj Hvorecký

    11 Unconsciously smelling self and others

    Benjamin D. Young

    12 A feeling theory of unconscious emotions

    Sam Coleman


    Attention, degrees of consciousness, and graduality

    13 Degrees of attention and degrees of consciousness

    Azenet Liora Lopez Lopez

    14 Template tuning and graded consciousness

    Berit Brogaard and Thomas Alrik Sørensen

    15 Colour bit- by- bit: The puzzle of colour development

    Kathleen Akins and Martin Hahn

    16 (Un)conscious perspectival shape and attention guidance in visual search: A reply to Morales, Bax, and Firestone (2020)

    Benjamin Henke and Assaf Weksler


    Juraj Hvorecký is a researcher at the Department of Applied Philosophy and Ethics at the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague. He also teaches at the Undergraduate Program in Central European Studies (UPCES) in the Czech capital. He combines his interests in philosophy of mind with applied ethics, especially in the domain of disruptive technologies.

    Tomáš Marvan is the head of the Department of Analytic Philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague. Marvan is a philosopher of mind working at the intersection of philosophy, neuroscience, and psychology. He works on mental qualities, and on the differences between conscious and unconscious perceptual processing.

    Michal Polák is Professor of Philosophy at the University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic, where he is responsible for teaching and research in the field of philosophy of mind and cognitive sciences. He explores various aspects of phenomenal consciousness from a naturalistic perspective, the neural basis of consciousness, mind-brain identity, and selfhood.